Best introductory languages?

My choices (not in any particular order):

  • Pascal (academic) – Designed as a teaching language. It uses a real assignment operator (see rant elsewhere), has strong type safety, is well structured, and is somewhat English-based, e.g. begin end.
  • Julia (scientific) – Benefits of Python (ease of learning), speed of C.
  • Fortran (scientific) – F90/95+ Simple control structures, good data types, and subroutines with easy parameter passing. No necessity for novices to learn about pointers.
  • Python (industrial) – A good interpreted language.
  • Swift (industrial) – The latest version of the C-like family of languages, although better evolved.

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